How to Make a Delicious Clover Tea
Clover grows wild in many areas, and it has long been used as a herbal remedy, often in the form of clover tea. Clover is a pleasant plant that is believed to help stimulate immune responses, and is a traditional herb used in the treatment of cancers. Red clover, the most common American variety, is also used to treat respiratory complains and to thin the blood. It has also been used to help women during PMT and the menopause due to its links to estrogen. People can use red clover in a variety of ways, but making clover tea is the most common method of consuming this herb.
Step 1 - Harvest Clover
First gather 1 or 2 handfuls of clover blossom. This plant is easy to harvest and may even be growing in your own back garden. Before gathering the flowers, ensure that no pesticides or other poisons have been used in the area. Keen plant growers might decide to grow their own clover on a window or in a greenhouse in order to ensure the quality of the blossom.
Step 2 - Dry Blossoms
Put the blooms between 2 paper towels and allow to dry naturally in a warm, dry environment, such as an airing cupboard. You can also dry quickly using a microwave. Once the clover is dry, take off the petals and dispose of any thick stalks.
Step 3 - Make Tea
To make a clover tea, you will need:
- 1 cup dried blossoms
- Dried mint
Place the blossoms and mint into a bag or into a tea leaf strainer. Lower into a pot of boiling water. For each person drinking the tea, there should be 1 cup of dried blossoms to 4 cups of water. When the leaves have been in the hot water for 10 minutes, strain, and then add the honey to the tea.
Fresh Clover Tea
It is also possible to make clover tea just using fresh-picked blossoms, although you will need to use 2 cups of flowers for every 4 cups of water if they are fresh. It may also be more difficult to remove stalks and other tough fibers if the blossoms are not dried.
Making a long-term clover tea is also very simple: place the dried blossoms and a few clover leaves at the bottom of a glass jar. Fill with boiling water, and then close the lid tightly, allowing the herb to remain in the water overnight. The next day, strain out any clover material, and then drink as often as required. New batches can be made regularly.
Iced Clover Tea
As well as making a traditional hot tea drink, you can also make an iced tea with 6 cups of water and an ordinary tea bag. Add the clover blossoms and mint to the mixture once the tea has been added to ice, and then serve with honey or lemon.